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post #1 of 15 Old 08-29-2007, 03:41 PM - Thread Starter
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I have tried using the USB memory sticks for viewing jpeg photos on my PS3 and the PS3 definitely DOES reconize the USB memory sticks and immediately reads the data on them.

However, I just plugged in an empty 500GB USB2 EXTERNAL drive into the USB ports (I tried all 4 of them) and the PS3 does NOT recognize that an external drive is plugged into the port. This external drive is pre-formatted NTSF.

My initial intentions were to copy a Blu-Ray movie from the PS3 to the external drive and then try to play the blue ray movie from the external drive.(I can then send the movie back to Netflix the same day I received it.)

It looks like that is not going to happen as there is no 'command' to copy the movie. Also When I tried to to a backup of the INTERNAL 60GB drive, is asks to 'insert' a destination drive. The PS3 just does NOT think any external drive is attached.

As soon as I plug his external drive into my computer, it instantly reconizes the drive and immediately uses it.

Any thoughts on how to get my PS3 to accept an external USB2 drive? --Greg--
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It has to be FAT32 I believe.
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What about the Max Drive 160 that Best Buy sells? Anyone have any experience with this?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1177718058635
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Ext HDD have to be in FAT32, if you're in XP, NT, VISTA it's probably in NTFS witch is not compatible with the PS3. I got a 120hdd FAT32 drive and it work beautifully..

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How can I convert my NTSF external drive (it's empty) to FAT32? When I tried to re-format the drive, it only allows me to format it in NTSF. There is no way that XP allows me to reformat my empty drive in another file structure. --Greg--
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http://www.compuapps.com/download/Sw...swissknife.htm allows you to format any size drive to FAT32 to be perfectly compatible with PS3 USB.

1) Format new USB HD via PC and "Swissknife" to FAT32
2) Transfer all your MP3's, MP4's (PS3 Video 9 can convert video files to PS3 compatible MP4's video files), photos, etc.
3) Plug in your USB harddrive into PS3
4) Plug in your power supply of USB HD and turn on the HD
5) Enjoy

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I still cannot believe that the PS3 is stuck with only using FAT32 for ext. HDs.

It is ridiculous! How is this next-gen?

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Because NTFS is Windoze only and needs MS blessing. PS3 is meant to be more universal (Linux, Mac, etc.) so Fat32 is more compatible across platforms

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The External USB drives works great for backing up the PS3 drive when you upgrade the internal drive. You back up the original and restore it to the new, larger drive. All the content will be there only you have more storage space.

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OK, that worked great!! Now the drive is FAT32 formatted and the PS3 detected it instantly. I am now able to download all the playstation store high definition movie trailers to the external drive. Unfortunately, I was hoping that I would be able to copy BLU-RAY (or regular DVD's) from the PS3 to the external drive. No such luck.....

Thank you Huey for the tip and the link to the SwissArmyKnife software. --Greg--
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You can format it to FAT32 with XP. Right click on My Computer and go to "manage".
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You can format it to FAT32 with XP. Right click on My Computer and go to "manage".

true, but doing it that way has a 32GB limit. You can't format to FAT32 using a bigger partition in XP's management area.
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I was hoping that I would be able to copy BLU-RAY (or regular DVD's) from the PS3 to the external drive. No such luck.....

That would be breaking encryption, and don't expect Sony, a studio, to support doing this...ever.
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true, but doing it that way has a 32GB limit. You can't format to FAT32 using a bigger partition in XP's management area.

Now that you mention it...
sorry.
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Will the PS3 read a EXT3 formatted drive?

Guess I should try this and find out when I have a minute.
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